Teaching English as an Additional Language


Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (4 course program) towards the MEd Interdisciplinary


Fully Online


One year (4 consecutive terms)


Graduate Program Administrator
Cheryl Ohly

Academic Coordinator
Dr. Subrata Bhowmik

Program Overview

The focus of the four-course MEd topic is to prepare teachers for successful careers in Teaching English as an Additional Language. The MEd Teaching English as an Additional Language Certificate is a practical, research-informed program that is designed for teachers working with students learning English as an additional language.

Program Details

Courses in this program are offered fully online. Courses are held in both an asynchronous environment (D2L) and a synchronous (real-time) environment (Zoom) which allows instructors to virtually meet and talk with students and experience a live exchange of ideas, hear class presentations and do group work with access to a whiteboard. For additional information regarding online delivery, refer to the eLearn website.

Target Audience:

  • Educators who teach EAL learners integrated in typical classroom and school settings
  • Educators with an interest in teaching English as an additional language
  • School leaders in schools with diverse populations of students including EAL learners
  • Consultants or other professionals involved with TEAL

A registration package will be sent to new students after they have been admitted. Registration for the summer term will be available in late winter. Fall and Winter registration opens in the spring. Your Graduate Program Administrator will send more information about registration to you.

Fee details are available through the University Calendar. An explanation of fees is available on the Faculty of Graduate Studies' website.

The University of Calgary offers multiple ways to meet the cost of your education. Please refer to the Awards, Scholarships and Bursaries page to learn more about options available to students. For additional information, please contact Student Financial Support.

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Eleftheria (Elita) Laios, MEd

Teaching English as an Additional Language

Elita graduated with her MEd in 2022. Read more about Elita's journey

Program Schedule & Course Descriptions

  • Program begins each Summer term (refer to the Academic Schedule for specific dates) 
  • Outlines are normally available 1-2 weeks prior to the start of term in D2L
  • 3 units per course

Term 1 - Summer

Additional Language Learning

In this course, students examine the theoretical perspectives (e.g., critical, cognitive, psychological, sociocultural, linguistic, affective) and factors of language learning and the implications of theory and research in this area for the teaching and learning of English as an Additional Language. Students will learn how to support EALs with complex needs such as EAL plus SPED, long term EALs, EALs with Limited Formal Schooling.

Registration info:
EDER 669.26 L01 (1030)

Term 2 - Fall

Language Teaching Methods

In this course, students are introduced to English as an Additional Language (EAL) teaching methodologies. Students will examine teaching methods vis-à-vis specific language skills (i.e., reading, writing, listening and speaking), to make connections between language learning theories and language skills development. The course considers methods in a variety of contexts and their relation to students learning in these contexts.

Registration info:
EDER 669.50 L01 (71835)

Term 3 - Winter

Evaluating and Designing EAL Curricula

In this course, students create, develop, and evaluate English as an Additional Language (EAL) curricula for learners of all ages and abilities. Students will be exposed to a variety of frameworks and theories in teaching and learning EAL to inform their beliefs and practices regarding EAL curricula. Students will learn how to incorporate metalanguage into inquiry-based learning and how to differentiate learning for EALs within a whole class learning experience.

Registration info:
EDER 669.20 L01 (11250)

Term 4 - Spring

Assessing English Language Proficiency

In this course, students are introduced to a systematic approach to language assessment in English as an Additional Language (EAL) contexts. Students will analyze and evaluate assessments used/given in a variety of EAL contexts (eg., TOEFL, IELTS, Alberta K-12 ESL Proficiency Benchmarks http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/eslapb/index.html). Having learned the principles of assessment in EAL, students will develop assessments appropriate for their own EAL teaching contexts or EAL contexts they are familiar with. 

Registration info:
EDER 629.07 L01 (1214)